Closing arguments to begin in Jackson doc trial

November 3, 2011 - 3:55 AM
Michael Jackson-Doctor

Dr. Conrad Murray looks on during the final stage of Conrad Murray's defense in his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Los Angeles. Dr. Murray decided not to testify for his defense. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical licenses if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal physician.

The jury of seven men and five women will hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys who will summarize their respective cases after 22 days of testimony.

Prosecutors will try to show that Dr. Conrad Murray was criminally negligent by giving the singer the sedative as a sleep aid without the proper medical equipment. They contend the Houston-based cardiologist administered the fatal dose but have also elicited testimony that the doctor was distracted and left Jackson's bedside on the morning of the singer's death.

Defense attorneys will try to convince jurors that Murray didn't administer the fatal dose and that Jackson is to blame for his own death.

Murray has pleaded not guilty.